September 23, 2014

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Got Ice Water?

The idea that we shouldn’t be able to indulge in something silly like the ice-water challenge because millions of African children are dying of thirst, says nothing about the wastefulness of Americans, and everything about the utter inability of Africa to take care of itself.

The utilitarian unity of burning at the stake and abortion

The Church thought it was sparing heretics eternal torment by burning them at the stake.  Abortionists tell us they are sparing people from miserable earthly lives.  Both ways, “It’s for their own good.”

Truro Rebirth Credited to Relationship Between the Rev. Baucum and Bishop Johnston

Waypoints

After more than ten years on the front lines of the Anglican wars, I have made a major change. This past Easter vigil, my family and I were confirmed in the Roman Catholic Church.

Is the Creed “the” Sufficient Standard of Orthodoxy?

The Creeds themselves, then, require obedience to Jesus Christ as the One Lord over all things. To profess the Creed but reject the word of God as revealed in the scriptures regarding marriage and sexuality is incoherent.

Stand Firm is 10 Years Old Today

In true Tom Sawyer fence-whitewashing style, I have minions who keep the site humming, while I sit in the shade chewing a blade of grass and complimenting them on their fine efforts.

Three Excuses for Bishop Salmon’s Inexcusable Invitation

Can you imagine what Paul might say to this kind of hair splitting? The Galatians respond to Paul’s letter: “Dear Paul, you wrote that the Judaizers are accursed and eternally condemned and that we ought not to listen to them because they teach a gospel that damns…but how about we let them preach to our pastors in training?

60 Theses on Real Integrity in the Anglican Church

The refusal to affirm a truth (particularly when it is a truth about God) is often just another way of denying it, but without taking responsibility for your denial. This is therefore a double dishonesty which only compounds the deceit.

“How am I gonna be an optimist about this?”

A modern city provides the visual for words evoking the historic catastrophe.  It can happen again, and that isn’t just a function of natural cycles.  There are moral and even supernatural forces in play.  There’s always a sense that Pompeii had it coming.  It’s like Sodom and Gomorrah for folks who don’t want to admit to that Old Testament God stuff.

A Declaration of Principles for Reconciliation

There are only two words to be spoken to false teachers: “repent” and “recant” along with the assurance that forgiveness and warm welcome await those who heed the call. We will not take part in the indaba process which results only in providing false teachings and false teachers with equal footing and equal voice alongside the teachings of Christ through his apostles

BREAKING: Welby names Tory Baucum as “Canterbury Preacher”

At Stand Firm we suspect there may be some who will question Tory’s “commitment to the present day reformation” given his willingness to affirm Johnston’s ministry. It will be viewed by them as a compromised commitment.

Walking and Talking

Let it be a small reminder of how hostile the world is to the Gospel, and a small reminder of what you’ve signed up for when you agreed to take up your cross. The world - in this case represented by gay activists and the media who kowtow to them - hates you. They hate your family, they hate your values, and they especially hate this Jesus.

Night Thoughts Away from Home during Christmas Season

I share readily in the town’s festive mood, smiling at perfect strangers and wishing them all “Merry Christmas.” What is it about Christmas that brings out the best in friends and strangers alike?

Grafton Appointment Exposes Massive Differences in the Anglican Church in Australia

Questioning Charismaticism

If Charismaticism is true, God speaks through tongues, words of knowledge, and prophecy, to guide the church but does not give the church an objective measure for determining whether in fact he is speaking.

Rumor Control

There are times when I feel like Andrews, the prison warden in Alien 3. Every now and then, he would call the prisoners together and say, “This is Rumor Control. Here are the facts.” Something like that is needed here and now, given the hysteria in Washington.

Facebook: Purveyor of Hate

I am normally a big advocate of free speech. I can’t stand college speech codes, and the political correctness culture that demands a pound of flesh when someone violates its taboos drives me crazy. I’m all for calling out nonsense and even hate, but I have no use for silencing idiots and bigots. Let the marketplace of ideas consign stupidity and prejudice to the garbage cans and sewers where they belong. Then there’s Facebook.

The Week

If Environmental Fascists Had Their Way

2 It has been noted that the environmental movement contains more than its fair share of people with totalitarian tendencies. From the eco-terrorists of the Earth Liberation Front to the misanthropes of…

Do You Hear the Bells?

2 As I was riding in the car today, the news played a snippet of Mr. Obama’s speech on climate change.  He was prattling on about how we ignore it at our own peril and that…

There is one God and this guy is his Twitter!

2 Wow, I’m honored in a weird way. One of those religion-of-submission guys Tweeted a reply to my Bible verse Tweet, exhorting me to dump the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and follow his religion,

Dude!  We can bring back heresy trials!

6 One of the massive quarry of stumbling blocks from The Episcopal Church (TEC)‘s last few decades was the decision to avoid a heresy trial for…

Schori Departs: And There Was Great Rejoicing (UPDATED)

23 News that I suspect a lot of Anglicans and Episcopalians will greet with relief: the worst-dressed cleric of all time is riding off into the sunset. From the

Abortion Rationalization Reaches New Low

5 Every time I think the Molech cult has reached a new low, they find even greater depths of evil and idiocy to plumb. The latest instance is a Scottish “poet” named Leyla Josephine, whose self-justifying…

David vs Goliath, Chandler vs Furtick

1 too good. think about it. If I’m David then I need to throw that stone just right and I become the hero who saves the people of God from…

Friend of the Devil

9 Ever since Aleister Crowley gained the reputation for being the “wickedest man in the world,” there have been imitators, poseurs, and wannabes. Herbert Arthur Sloane, Anton LaVey, Ozzie Osbourne, Marilyn Manson–with a…

Comments on Sunday’s Service

11 I posted a few “stream of consciousness” notes on my Facebook page today about today’s church service and though the SF crew might enjoy them. Apologies, then, for the non-coherence of this post. *******…

Carbon Footprint Alert

21 Being devotees of the Church of Global Warming, one would think that the bishops of the Episcopal Organization in the United States would want to minimize their, umm, carbon footprint. Apparently, the prospect of a…

In Support of Single Issue Voting

8 Statement: I will never support any candidate for any party for any office who supports legal abortions for any reason apart from the extremely rare cases where the life of the mother is at stake…

Forgot to Take Off Their Shoes to Count

4 Evidence from the independence vote in Scotland that journalists are way smarter than the rest of us, via the Daily Telegraph:

On Scotland and All That

12 A brief pause in theological postings to offer my opinion on UK politics. I am a Texan living in New York state but I have spent two weeks in Canterbury which makes me eminently qualified…

Children Playing Together=Treason

5 It is common among the useful idiots of the West, especially in the mainline Christian churches, to claim that if it weren’t for the fact that Israel is an apartheid Nazi genocidal oppressor state, the…

Palestinian Terrorism Reloading

4 In the West, there is a belief that there is a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. That is incorrect, at least from the perspective of Islamic terrorists. For them, this period…

Recent Comments

Words Matter - If Environmental Fascists Had Their Way

Did a Kennedy just put himself among the impoverished? Ok. For the rest, the first amendment is the answer to this sort of bully boy bluster.

Ed the Roman - Schori Departs: And There Was Great Rejoicing (UPDATED)

I will attempt to translate. “The informal tradition of term limits is BS, and this gig is sweet. But I am just whipped right now. “Nevertheless, I’m going to take a few months to try…

Nikolaus - Do You Hear the Bells?

“I’m very tired of being lectured by the leftists about crap they know nothing about.” Which is just about everything…

Ralph - Schori Departs: And There Was Great Rejoicing (UPDATED)

Some years ago, I pointed out on this very blog that a Photoshop job on the PB would bear a remarkable resemblance to the Wicked Witch. I recall that I was taken to task by…

Blue Cat Man - Schori Departs: And There Was Great Rejoicing (UPDATED)

TEC reminds me of a dogwood tree in our front yard.  It’s alive but it’s hollow all through the trunk.

Nikolaus - Schori Departs: And There Was Great Rejoicing (UPDATED)

It’s too late.  The rot is set into the wood.

B. Hunter - If Environmental Fascists Had Their Way

Ted Cruz pointed out the other day that the Koch Brothers are actually #17 in spending, behind…you guessed it…16 BIG DEMOCRAT contributors.  I honestly haven’t verified this myself, but have found Mr. Cruz to normally…

Nikolaus - Abortion Rationalization Reaches New Low

This is brutal.

B. Hunter - Do You Hear the Bells?

*SIGH*.  I hope our country gets a clue in the next election.  I’m very tired of being lectured by the leftists about crap they know nothing about.

Katherine - Schori Departs: And There Was Great Rejoicing (UPDATED)

Although she commendably uses “we” instead of “I,” this sounds very much like President Obama assuring us that the world is safer under his leadership.  It’s a fairy tale with a narcissistic center.

Katherine - Dude! We can bring back heresy trials!

The invocation of the Koch brothers as demons is the sign of a diseased mind.  Don’t miss Michelle Fields of PJTV asking a visibly riled RFK Jr. if he would lead the way to carbon…

Katherine - There is one God and this guy is his Twitter!

Good work!  The reference to Joseph Smith is especially apt when discussing Muhammad and his revelations.  Muhammad did not accept and did not understand the prophets who came before him or the Son who was…

evan miller - Dude! We can bring back heresy trials!

Mr. Kennedy sounds, oh, I don’t know…intolerant perhaps?

profpk - Schori Departs: And There Was Great Rejoicing (UPDATED)

Written March 28, 2011 The Wicked Witch of The West One has a great deal of trouble Discerning the motives of the present Presiding Bishop of what is now known As The Episcopal Church. Parenthetically,…

Br. Michael - Schori Departs: And There Was Great Rejoicing (UPDATED)

“Instead they really buy into the value of conversation.”  Right, so long as that conversation leads no where and does not effect what TEC wants to do which is to mainstraim sexual sin.

jamesw - Schori Departs: And There Was Great Rejoicing (UPDATED)

#8, 10 and 11.  I think that Sarah is probably right when she predicts that Ian Douglas will be the next PB.  I think that #8 is correct that the desire is for the new…